Vendor Spotlight – Village Pantry Catering

At The Center, we know that deciding on dining options can be difficult. That’s why we happily provide all of our new clients with the opportunity to browse our list of Preferred Catering options! Today we are shining a spotlight on Village Pantry Catering. Keep reading to learn more about how this second-generation family business was “born”!

We put together a few questions to ask Village Pantry Catering about their business and dining menu options that will have your mouth watering!

1. Tell us about Village Pantry. How did the idea for this company come about?

We are a second-generation family business. It was started by Nancy & Tom Ward, in a diner in Mt. Lookout Square. They opened their restaurant/catering business on Memorial Day in 1978 after having worked together in a downtown hotel. The business was an instant success! Only one hiccup in the business plan was that Nancy Ward, chef and kitchen manager, went into labor with her third child that first day! Tom Ward, host and restaurant manager, had to call in family to feed their eager customers while they rushed to the hospital. That was the day Village Pantry Catering, a family owned and operated business, was born.

2. What types of services/packages do you offer clients?

We offer various types of meal service: plated, buffet, stations and family-style. For smaller events, we also offer drop-off catering as well as the option to pick-up.  We also rent equipment: china, silverware, glassware, linens, chafing dishes, etc.

3. What sets this company apart from other types of catering companies?

Renowned for our professional and courteous staff, exquisite taste and presentation of food, Village Pantry is the local standard in Greater Cincinnati. We have a lot of heart and passion for what we do. A lot of us are here because we are family; a lot of others have been here so long, they are just like family. We are always evolving and trying out new trends and recipes, but we still stay close to our roots- home-cooked, comfort food.

4. What is your favorite part about working in the event industry?

We love the people we work with and clients, we get to assist in bringing them exceptional meals for their event. We feel blessed that we get to be a part of planning someone’s important day and share in their excitement. Food is our passion and it shows in our work!

5. Do you have any advice to offer clients who want to utilize your services at The Center?

Looking at our various menus on our website will help with envisioning the kind of preparation you desire. But know that we can customize to create a very unique dining experience for you and your guests! The Center has a fully-equipped kitchen which enables us to cater some meals that we can’t always do in other venues. We love how the space at the Center can be completely customized so each event feels and looks so different!

We enjoyed shining the spotlight on Village Pantry Catering and their extensive offerings. Still have a burning question you can’t wait to ask? Feel free to comment below! Or, for more information on Village Pantry Catering’s offerings, we invite you to view their website and Facebook page.